KIA Cerato Hatch 1.6 EX 5-Door

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Rating: 2/5

The Cerato, now available as a hatch, elicits more frowns than smiles.

It may be a sibling of the supremely desirable new Spor­tage hatch but it has none of the SUV’s appeal or presence.

That makes it all the more frustrating – Kia’s cars have done well to outgrow the label of Korean Tupperware but the Cerato sets the brand back again.

Hard plastics abound inside and it has the soul of a pile of socks. Relatively cheap but not too cheerful.

PRICE R185 995

ENGINE 1,6-litre four-cylinder petrol; 91 kW; 156 Nm

PERFORMANCE 0-100 km/h in 10,3 seconds; top speed 190 km/h; 6,6 litres/100 km

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